NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 25 – The recent robberies targeting four Automated Teller Machines belonging to Barclays Bank over the Easter holiday could have been an inside job, Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti has said.
The country’s top detective has termed this as a “constructive robbery” which appeared well planned from inside and only facilitated by outsiders who executed the actual plot.
“The whole thing mostly happens within the knowhow of the set up from the inside. The outsiders are just facilitators,” the DCI said.
Unknown people manipulated the four ATMs located in different parts of the city and withdrew more than Sh11 million.
He revealed that detectives had questioned several suspects in a bid to unravel the puzzle and soon, the file will be handed over to the Director of Public Prosecutions for perusal and intended approval to proceed with charges.
One of the ATM’s affected is located at the Mater Hospital where the thugs smeared the CCTV cameras with petroleum jelly in a bid to obstruct the view, while in other areas, the cameras were questionably not there or faulty.
“Just look at the precision and exactly what was targeted,” he pointed out. “Somebody must have been watching.”
The first incident is believed to have occurred on April 19 when unknown people tampered with the Kenyatta National Hospital Barclays Bank ATM system and stole Sh4.3 million.
The second incident happened along Mutindwa Road in Kamukunji the following day after another ATM machine loaded with Sh7 million was interfered with and Sh6.2 million stolen.
The third incident according to police was at Mater Hospital where Sh1 million was withdrawn while the CCTV cameras there had been smeared with petroleum jelly to obstruct the view.
On the same day, the Kenya Cinema ATM lost Sh3 million.